McDonald’s helps litter pickers in mission to clean up county

Ely Litter Pickers equipment thanks to McDonald's

The Ely Litter Pickers group received 24 pickers and bin hoops from McDonald's based in Ely Leisure Village as part of their bid to clean up East Cambridgeshire. - Credit: Brian Calvert/Peter Royle

A litter picking group has received help from McDonald's in its ongoing mission to clean up East Cambridgeshire. 

Ely Litter Pickers has received 24 new pickers and bin hoops from the restaurant, based in the city’s leisure village, which will be loaned out to anyone who wants to volunteer for the group. 

The fast food chain has now donated £600 of litter-picking equipment for volunteers to use in places including Ely, Littleport, Mepal and Little Downham. 

Ely Litter Pickers McDonald's

The Ely Litter Pickers group received 24 pickers and bin hoops from McDonald's based in Ely Leisure Village as part of their bid to clean up East Cambridgeshire. - Credit: Brian Calvert

Ely Litter Pickers donation

The Ely Litter Pickers group have also received a donation from SE Electrical Services in its bid to clear up East Cambridgeshire. - Credit: Brian Calvert

Brian Calvert, treasurer of the Ely Litter Pickers group, said: “We’re really grateful for the support from McDonald’s and since we formed, they were the first business to provide us equipment.

Ely Litter Pickers litter bag East Cambs

The Ely Litter Pickers group received 24 pickers and bin hoops from McDonald's based in Ely Leisure Village as part of their bid to clean up East Cambridgeshire. - Credit: Peter Royle

“Without it, we could not have grown the group as quickly as we have.  

“They’ve been proactive in helping us, giving us equipment and bin bags, and they’ve offered some of their staff to help join our litter pick sessions when Covid restrictions allow.” 

Ely Litter Pickers bags

The Ely Litter Pickers group received 24 pickers and bin hoops from McDonald's based in Ely Leisure Village as part of their bid to clean up East Cambridgeshire. - Credit: Peter Royle

Ely litter picker at work

A litter picker cleaning out ditches in East Cambridgeshire. - Credit: Karen Sheail

Ely Litter Pickers, which formed in February and is working with East Cambridgeshire District Council, has over 600 members and more than 100 active litter pickers from three to 78-years-old. 

As well as receiving support from local businesses, the group fundraised £300 to provide equipment to schoolchildren in Ely, as well as guides and scout groups to run their own litter picking sessions. 

For more information and to join, visit the Ely Litter Pickers Facebook page

Bottles found by Ely litter picker

Just some of the litter found by Brian Calvert while out on the streets in the month of March. - Credit: Brian Calvert

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